Lauren Stumpf Visual Studies MFA Thesis 2016
This work explores different modes of feminist subversion by use of humorous and witty strategies through the visual and semiotic. It documents the necessity of comedy through various types of humor to overcome oppression and tragedy. Using the construct of female domestic stereotypes, I argue that we are able to find the extraordinary behind the ordinary by deconstructing the channels in which the stereotype may be used to one’s advantage. By examining the art works of Martha Rosler, The Guerilla Girls, Joseph Kosuth, Chloe Wise, and myself, I construct a framework which allows for an indexing of feminist subversive acts and reinterpretations of gender construct through performance, text, and image.